For me, personally, my Christmas memories always involve family — first, my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Then, later in life it involved my wife, two daughters and five grandchildren. In the past 20 years, it’s involved my church family and my responsibilities as pastor of a growing and vibrant church. 

What do I love about Christmas? The weather, the smells, the colors, especially the music. But most of all, I love the absurd idea that God himself willingly chose to come to earth and live among us. Even more absurd is he chose to come as a helpless baby dependent on a teenage mother and a young man to raise him to manhood. 

It’s difficult to grasp how Jesus could be wholly human while also wholly divine. But we know he suffered, he wept, he felt all the same disappointments and physical pains that you and I have. 

We know he must have had a bloody nose occasionally. We know that he must have had blisters on his feet. We know that he must have had a cold or even the flu. He was wholly human — just like you and I are. But, you see, that was part of God’s plan to reconcile us to him. Jesus came as one of us to become the sacrificial lamb who takes away the sins of the world — that’s you and me my sister and brother. 

I’m reminded of something I read from one of my favorite preachers, Max Lucado. I close with his summary of why Christmas is special for each of us:

“There are many reasons God saves you: to bring glory to himself, to appease his justice, to demonstrate his sovereignty. But one of the sweetest reasons God saved you is because he is fond of you. He likes having you around. He thinks you are the best thing to come down the pike in quite a while. If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If he had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, he'll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and he chose your heart. And the Christmas gift he sent to you in Bethlehem? Face it, friend. He's crazy about you!”

Amen and amen. Come worship with us at Trinity at one of our Christmas Eve services. 5 p.m. Family Service and 8 p.m. Traditional Service. At both, we’ll light candles as we sing “Silent Night.” Visit our website for more information.